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The BBC and Nicola Sturgeon

Two days ago the first minister gave a speech entitled We need greater diversity both on and behind our TV screens at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. To give credit where it’s due, it was a thorough and well-informed job … Continue reading

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Lies, damned lies, and nationalist monitoring of the BBC

How would you set about researching whether a media organisation, let’s say the BBC, was biased in its news output? Qualified academics could give a better answer but my guess is that it would involve at least these steps: a … Continue reading

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Has Scotland gone mad politically?

Last night there was a general election debate on BBC TV involving the six Scottish party leaders. A woman in the audience, a nurse, asked Nicola Sturgeon an awkward question about the NHS. The details of the question and their … Continue reading

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The Scottish Six is dead: Mr John Nicolson MP disnae like it

11 a.m. same day: Hoist by my own petard as the BBC have just announced a new TV channel (well five hours a night) for Scotland and various other goodies for BBC Scotland. Completely unexpected and plenty of detail still to … Continue reading

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Dancing with ambiguities

It was a smart move of the BBC to ask this year’s Reith lecturer, philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, to give his lecture on ‘Country’ in Scotland (audio here, transcript here). It was one a series he called ‘Mistaken identities’ but … Continue reading

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Scotland and the Olympics 2012 – 2016

Forgive the parochialism and sheer bloody small-mindedness of this post, but it’s not me, it’s the nationalists (or some of them) wot done it. 2012. My memory of the London Olympics, fallible, but there you go … positive feelings all … Continue reading

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The Scottish Six – who wants it, why, and should they get it?

I’ve been pondering a comment on the so-called Scottish Six news bulletin since the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s report on the government’s ‘BBC White Paper and related issues’ was published the other day. The report is brief, only … Continue reading

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